Week #1: Michigan to Open 2013-14 with Three Weekend Duals

Nov. 13, 2013

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Saturday, Nov. 16 -- vs. Northern Illinois (Ypsilanti, Mich.), 10 a.m.
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Saturday, Nov. 16 -- vs. Kent State (Ypsilanti, Mich.), 11:30 a.m.
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Sunday, Nov. 17 -- vs. No. 12 Oregon State (Cliff Keen Arena), 2 p.m.
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The No. 20-ranked University of Michigan wrestling team (0-0) will kick off the 2013-14 season, its 92nd season of intercollegiate competition, with three non-conference dual meets this weekend. The Wolverines will participate in the first ever EMU Dual on Saturday (Nov. 16), squaring off against Northern Illinois (0-0) at 10 a.m. and Kent State (0-3) at 11:30 a.m. at Bowen Field House in Ypsilanti. U-M will then open the home portion of its schedule on Sunday (Nov. 17), hosting No. 12 Oregon State (0-0) at 2 p.m. at Cliff Keen Arena.

Prior to Sunday's home dual, the Wolverines will host a free pre-meet clinic from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Keen Arena. U-M greats Ryan Churella (2003-06) and Eric Tannenbaum (2005-08) will headline the clinic, which is open to all ages and skill levels.

Michigan's Projected Starting Lineup

Wgt. Name Year/Elig. Hometown (High School)
125 Conor Youtsey So./Fr. Parma, Mich. (Mason)
133 Rossi Bruno So./So. Brandon, Fla. (Brandon)
141 Angelo Latora So./Fr. Portage, Mich. (Central)
149 Eric Grajales 5th/Sr. Brandon, Fla. (Brandon)
157 Jake Salazar Sr./Jr. Midway, Utah (Wasatch)
165 Dan Yates 5th/Sr. Hesperia, Mich. (Hesperia)
174 Ben Ralston Sr./Jr. Oxford, Mich. (Oxford)
184 Max Huntley Sr./Jr. Emerald Isle, N.C. (Blair Academy)
197 Chris Heald Sr./Jr. West Bloomfield, Mich. (West Bloomfield)
Hwt Adam Coon Fr./Fr. Fowlerville, Mich. (Fowlerville)


• Through 91 years of U-M wrestling history, Michigan has posted a 59-30-2 record in its first dual meet of the season. Last season, the Wolverines earned bonus points in nine matches to cruise to a 46-0 shutout victory in their opener against Olivet. Under head coach Joe McFarland, Michigan is 11-3 in season openers.

• Four Wolverines are projected to make their collegiate dual-meet debut this weekend. Freshman heavyweight Adam Coon will start for Michigan in his first collegiate season, while sophomore/freshmen Conor Youtsey (125 pounds) and Angelo Latora (141) and junior/sophomore Ben Ralston (174) round out U-M's first-time starters.

• Fifth-year senior Dan Yates and senior/junior Max Huntley will both drop down a weight class to 165 and 184 pounds, respectively, while junior/sophomore Chris Heald will move up to 197 pounds. Yates previously wrestled two seasons at 165 pounds, where he was a two-time NCAA qualifier, before he moved up to 174 pounds last season. Huntley and Heald will swap spots in the lineup; Huntley was previously a two-time NCAA qualifier at 197 pounds.

• The Wolverines boasted 10 total placewinners at the MSU Open last Saturday (Nov. 9), including seven freshmen in their collegiate debuts. Freshman Adam Coon captured the heavyweight title in the freshman/sophomore division, while freshmen George Fisher (133) and Payne Hayden (197) placed third, sophomore Jordan Thomas (174) and freshman Ayoola Olapo (184) took fourth, freshmen Cameron Kennedy (141) and Aaron Calderon (157) took fifth and freshman Jordan Amine (149) placed sixth. In the open division, sophomore Taylor Massa placed second at 174 pounds and junior/sophomore Connor Brancheau took sixth at 165.

• Sophomore Taylor Massa, who reached the NCAA Round of 12 last season and led the Wolverines with a 27-10 record at 165 pounds, will redshirt the 2013-14 season. He competed unattached at the MSU Open last Saturday (Nov. 9), taking second place at 174 pounds with a 4-0 record. [He withdrew prior to the final.]

• The Wolverines will be featured by the Big Ten Network seven times this season -- six U-M dual meets will be streamed live on BTDN and MGoBlueTV, while one dual will be broadcast nationally on the Big Ten Network, which will also televise the finals of the Big Ten Championships, to be held March 9 in Madison, Wis. [ Full Release ]

• Eleven of the Wolverines' 15 dual-meet opponents rank among the top 25 teams in the National Wrestling Coaches Association's preseason poll, including three of the top-five ranked teams and five of the top-10 ranked teams. No. 1 Penn State leads the pack of ranked opponents, which also includes No. 2 Minnesota, No. 4 Iowa, No. 7 Illinois, No. 10 Ohio State, No. 11 Oregon State, No. 12 Nebraska, No. 15 Pittsburgh, No. 23 Purdue, No. 24 Central Michigan and No. 25 Maryland.


Northern Illinois -- The Huskies will make their season debut against Michigan. They are coming off a 10-8 record last season, placing fifth at the 2013 MAC Championships and 41st at NCAAs. NIU claims one ranked wrestler in No. 20 Andrew Morse (157), who posted an 18-16 mark a year ago. Michigan owns a perfect 4-0 series advantage against the Huskies, earning a 34-4 victory in the most-recent meeting at the 2006 National Duals.

Kent State -- The Golden Flashes enter the weekend with a 0-3 record after falling to Virginia Tech (19-18), Rider (18-14) and Virginia (29-12) at the Virginia Tech Duals last Saturday (Nov. 10). Ian Miller stands as KSU's lone ranked wrestler, earning the No. 13 spot at 157 pounds, while Sam Wheeler owns a perfect 3-0 dual mark at 184 pounds. Michigan is 3-2 in the all-time series against Kent State but dropped the two most-recent meetings -- 28-9 and 27-9 -- both during the 2009-10 season.

Oregon State -- The Beavers will make their season debut at the EMU Duals this Saturday. They posted an 11-4 record last season before capturing a second straight PAC-12 title and placing eighth at NCAAs. OSU boasts three ranked wrestlers -- No. 1 Scott Sakaguchi (149), No. 5 R.J. Pena (157) and No. 1 Taylor Meeks (197); all three were All-Americans in 2012-13. Michigan owns a 5-1 advantage in the all-time series against Oregon State and split a pair of meetings in Corvallis, Ore., last season, defeating the Beavers, 21-18, early in the year before falling, 22-13, in the NWCA National Duals.

U-M Individual Rankings

Wt. Wrestler InterMat AWN W.I.N. Flo D1CW
125 Conor Youtsey 11 16 -- -- --
149 Eric Grajales 5 8 7 7 7
165 Dan Yates 6 6 -- 8 6
184 Max Huntley 11 12 19 18 19

Sunday, Nov. 24 -- vs. Stanford (Cliff Keen Arena), 2 p.m.

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